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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Psalme CXLII
XLVI. Joseph Bryan
 
FROM out the depth of miserie I crie,
To thee, O Lord, and that most earnestlye;
  Praiers intermixed with sighes and teares
  My soule sends vp into thine eares;
        I pour out all my moane        5
        Before thee, thee alone,
          And for reliefe
          Shew thee my griefe.
 
Lord, when my troubled spirit could not rest
For anguish of my mind, thou knewest best        10
  What way to help me, and didst see
  A path, through all, to set me free.
        Thy foes and mine doe lay
        Snares for me in my way,
          And privilie        15
          In ambush lie.
 
I look’d on euerie side, but I could see
None that would know, and much lesse succour me;
  My frends revolted totally,
  On whom I vsed to rely:        20
        All waies to scape by flight
        Were stop’d and shut vp quight,
          And none did care
          My soule to spare.
 
Thus troubled, laid in wayt for, desolate,        25
Enclosed round, and thus disconsolate,
  I cride to thee, O Lord, and said,
  Thou art my hope, my help, my aid,
        The rock I build vpon,
        My lot, my portion        30
          In this life and
          A better land.
 
O therefore heare my praiers attentively:
For with contempt and waight of misery
  My soule doth cleave vnto the dust;        35
  Yet thou, O Lord, art all my trust.
        O free me by thy might
        From them, against whose spight
          And violence
          I have no fence.        40
 
Lord, bring my soule out of the streights and dread
Wherein my foes haue her imprisoned:
  Lord, loose her bands, that for the same
  I may give thancks to thy great name;
        And that the righteous men        45
        May flock to me agen,
          And they with me
          Sing praise to thee.
 
 
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